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That Which Is Not Explained

Watch enough movies and read enough books, and you’re bound to run into some ambiguous themes – where something is important to the story, quickly touched upon, and then that’s it. Audiences will go along with it if you get this right – but if you get it wrong – which is easy to do […]

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The Secret Adaptation Formula

Every so often I meet other writers who hear I write novels, comics and screenplays. They’re interested in taking their work from one format and adapting it to another. This is a great exercise and you can learn so much about writing when you do this. I saw one poster in a Facebook group I […]

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The Hard Road

A friend of mine is working on a horror story. In it he has a female protagonist and he questioned whether the trials he was putting her through were too tough…so let’s explore what we call The Story Arc I touched on this back in Work for It. As writers we create characters, put them […]

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Silent Characters

Back in Talking the Talk I started a discussion about dialog. This time around I’d like to give you some food for thought – there are some memorable characters that don’t talk. Done right these can be really powerful sidekicks. Remember Someone Has To Talk There are some of you out there – and I […]

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Chappie: Robot Scifi Done Well

I was a huge fan of DISTRICT 9, and when I saw Neill Blomkamp was directing another scifi feature I hoped it would deliver on the high quality of his previous film. I was not disappointed. Chappie (2015) – Written By Neill Blomkamp, Terry TatchellPhoto: IMDB Chappie (2015) follows the adventures of an unlikely group […]

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Group Dynamics in Fiction

Most stories will revolve around more than one character. Sure, you’ll have one character who’s central to the story and who basically owns it – but you need more people for this character to interact with. This is the ensemble and today we’re going to talk about what makes a good cast of characters. Case […]

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Embrace the Absurdity

2015 saw me work on my first animated film, In the Dark (Full video at end of post). It was my first animation and (as of the time I’m writing this) it’s been the most successful project I’ve worked on to date. I figured I’d take a little time and delve into the specifics of […]

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Sometimes All You Need is a Gag

Most of my posts center on how to set up a story. In this one I’d like to take a little bit of a different spin on filmmaking, screenwriting and writing and talk about another way to approach this. If you work in shorts or animation, then this is for you. Sometimes All You Need […]

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When There Are No Heroes

As I’m writing this the insanity known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has begun, and a bunch of you people have leaped into the insanity head first. It’s only a couple days in, so hang in there. You’ve got a long way to go and you can do it. This time around I figured […]

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Recipe or no Recipe

I cook. Most of the time I’m making dinner for the family; occasionally I’ll branch out and make something for a friend or a work potluck. There are times when I follow a recipe and times when I don’t. Writing is like cooking, so let’s explore this topic… Building Confidence: Work from the Recipe When […]

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